E1a: Optimize building placement and configuration for energy performance

  • Reduce heating loads and optimize daylighting by elongating the house on an east-west axis
  • Control unwanted solar heat gain through the use of existing and new vegetation, land forms, and buildings to provide shading
  • Analyze prevailing winds to minimize thermal losses during the heating season and to allow for natural ventilation during the cooling season

Other Resources

Publications and Links

City of New York Department of Design and Construction. High Performance Building Guidelines. New York, NY: April 1999